Just this November we made a trip to the mission in Labuan Bajo. This time we thought we would provide a succinct summary of our preparation and travels, and the various ministries and activities that you can participate in while visiting the mission. Currently, the apostolate at the monastery has at least 13 young special needs residents (with more to arrive soon) that the brothers permanently care for. In addition, there are now five professed brothers at the mission, Brothers Nerlito (Superior), Marc, John, Geoffrey and Simon, plus around 20 young aspirants who are in formation to be brothers. This is Part 1 of a series, with this part showing the trip from Brisbane across to Flores finishing at the monastery. We will continue this over the next several months.
But watch out for the next post, it will be a special one from Timor Leste as Trevor makes a first visit to the Maliana mission next week.
See you then with the latest from MOP’s newest mission.
Trevor and Tina
After much packing the cab arrives
Suitcases get heavy moving them around
At the Brisbane airport
After 5.5 hours Virgin Australia at Ngurah Rai International Airport (Denpasar)
No air bridge for Virgin at Ngurah Rai
Overnight at the Aston Kuta Hotel, just near the airport
Next morning check in at domestic – Denpasar to Labuan Bajo KALSTAR Aviation
Mr Stevi Legesan, Domestic Terminal Supervisor, Kalstar – very generous with our excess luggage
Just about to depart
We were very pleased with KALSTAR Aviation – great airline
Departing Denpasar flying over Nusa Dua
Labuan Bajo’s Komodo Airport
A quick flight, just one hour
Welcome to Komodo Airport
The luggage made it
Driving to the monastery
The monastery bougainvilleas are certainly impressive
Catching up on news from the mission after dinner